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Forever My Lady

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
When the streets are hard and life is cheap, both in the neighborhood and out there in the world, boys in the barrio become men before their time. Young Dio Rodriguez, unloved, uncared for, frightened and lonely, was a survivor. By the time he was 14 he had the hand signals to flash and the hard, cool barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans to prove he was a man ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Urbano Publishing
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Karen & Gerard
Real World Romance From A Man's Perspective
I liked Forever My Lady by Jeff Rivera, because it's not your typical romance. It's about Dio, a Latino gang member called Playboy, whose girlfriend, Jennifer, got shot six times in a drive by shooting meant for him. He was sent to prison boot camp and Jennifer was in the hospital. It's a good story about his struggles at boot camp and how he matured and learned to become a responsible citizen that Jennifer would want to marry. He thinks about her cons
Jun 25, 2011 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m certain that I cannot say anything about Mr. Rivera’s first book that has not already been said, other than the fact that I could not put it down and read it in one sitting—very difficult for someone who begins to fidget after only a few minutes in a chair.

Through Jeff’s writing we watch Dio Rodriguez transform, with the help of some caring people, from Playboy, the player, to Dio, the adult, in a matter of months. Through his thoughts and his letters to his jaina, Jennifer, we learn the pro
The Urban Book Source
Love, faith and hope was the glue to the pages of Forever my Lady. Dio Rodriguez was definitely a diamond in the ruff. Gang banging on the streets of the sin city Las Vegas Nevada almost costed him his life. Literally he had to shed alot of skin in order to become the man he was destined to be. He tried to survived his pride but losing the battle to serving time. The time he served was short but long considering the fact he never felt love other than his childhood sweethear Jennifer. Jennifer wa ...more
I absolutely love this book
It's actually the book that got me back into reading.

My cousin received an autographed copy of this book from Jeff a few years back. I remember being there when she got it & seeing her all excited when she opened it. When I asked her what it was she told me she'd found this book just looking up pictures online and when she read the synopsis, wrote an email?? to Jeff asking for a copy. Well, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful cover, so I read the blurb and
Jun 30, 2009 Josiesworld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hailed as the Book Pick of the Year by Mi Gente magazine and the Best Urban Fiction and new Author of the Year by Mahogany Book Club Media Review, Mr. Rivera's, "Forever My Love",is a modern-day tale of young love and betrayal.
Dio Rodriguez,aka Playboy,has no choice but to turn his life around if he wants to keep his lady, Jennifer Sanchez. They decide to run away from the slum of northeastern Las Vegas and pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. There is a drive-by shooting at the border which le
Jean Booth
Mar 30, 2012 Jean Booth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a difficult time with this book. I absolutely loved the writing, and think that Jeff is very talented in bringing the reader right into the emotional turmoil Dio and Jennifer feel toward each other. Jeff gets the reader excited to see how Dio grows into the man we know he can be and the whole time you're hoping that Jennifer see's his growth too. What I had a hard time with was more of a personal battle. Most of the time when I was reading this, I was just irritated with Dio and his whinin ...more
Dec 15, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dio Rodriguez knows no other way of life then to strike first and strike hard. Maybe that’s why he now finds himself serving time at a prison camp. One of Dio’s bad decisions almost cost him the life of his girlfriend, Jennifer. As Dio waits out his time till his release, the rest of the world is passing him by. Dio believes that no matter how much time or how far, Jennifer and he may be separated, they will always be soul mates or will they? Will Dio come out a changed man or end up the same ol ...more
Aug 26, 2009 Asma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story voices the feelings of many persons in challenging environments. The characters learn coping skills to offset the deleterious consequences of abuse, poverty, and rejection. When their learning succeeds, the psychological fetters holding them from success fall away. Numerous inspirational messages emphasize the possibility of college graduation, desirable employment, and lasting love. The adolescents graduate after displaying acceptable behavior in difficult circumstances. The readers' ...more
Nov 16, 2008 Xxxakixxx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this book stuck with me for a while. It was utterly realistic, dark, and a little disturbing at points. But it portrayed the real world. I really connected with Dio and found Jennifer realistic and deep as well, though only fully in as few scenes. The antagonists had motives and secrets, and I liked how Dio didn't come back to his town and become automatically a saint.

I feel this book was written by someone who really knows life and can come up with a good story while fighting th
May 01, 2009 Malorie rated it it was amazing
This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. When Jeff Rivera came to my school and talked to my fellow student's and I, I didn't really think much of the book at the moment. Then he read us a few pages and I was hooked. I immediately went out and bought the book and devoured it in a few days. It was actually very good and insightful. Not to mention touching. Forever My Lady is a must read for all who love the power of love.
Apr 15, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-shelf
It was well written and had a good premise...but I really struggled for some reason. I didn't like Dio or Jennifer individually or as a couple. A lot of slang was used in their dialogue with no reference or translation of what was actually meant. It was a book that I wanted to like but just didn't by the end.
Vi Louise
Jan 31, 2009 Vi Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping tale exposing the raw emotions from the male's view of fatherhood, first love, hurtful parents, etc. I really liked this book because of the growth and development that our protaganist experiences.
This had to be one of the best books I've read so far this year. I finished this book in no time soon, I couldn't put it down. It was a deep love story that allowed you to get into a young couples head, that allowed you to visualize love in a different way. I would definitely re-read this.
Jun 27, 2012 Jorge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a awsome book
May 23, 2008 Joshlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Joshlyn by: a teacher
I loved it. It was a great book about love and sacrifice.
Forever My Lady is such a unique take on contemporary romance, no doubt in part due to the fact that it is written by a man. The story is told largely from the point of view of Dio and I found it truly refreshing to read a book of this genre from the perspective of a man.

This is not a light and fluffy novel, but raw and rather gritty at times. It doesn't gloss over the emotions and choices that the characters make, but shows them in a way that keeps them real. The entire book takes place within
Livin' la  Vida Latina
Reviewed by: Celia
Member of Livin' la vida Latina

Review: What's a jaina? Not being too familiar with the Chicano slang, that was my first question right from the start of this book. And what was a ruca? Admittedly, I found myself scratching my head at these words, but, at the same time, I couldn't help but be drawn to the raw boldness of the dialogue, a dialogue drooling with a refreshing wit and fierce overtone.

"Forever My Lady" is the story of Dio, a young Latino from the barrio who has always
May 20, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about a young man, Dio, who has to serve a sentence in 'Prison Boot Camp' while his girlfriend, Jennifer, recovers from a drive by shooting that she was a victim of. Their relationship struggles with getting over what happened, however not just the accident but everything else that lead them to that moment. Will Dio let go of his past and become the man Jennifer needs him to be?

This kind of story is something i would not generally go for however i really enjoyed it. It was well writ
May 01, 2013 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked by the author of this book to read it, give feedback and write a review. So here it goes! But do be aware there a few spoilers within this review!

This is a very well written story about a young man, Dio serving time in a prison boot camp and desperately trying to repair his relationship with girlfriend Jennifer, who was nearly killed in a drive by shooting. Forever my Lady chronicles his journey from gang member and drug dealer to respectable citizen, all in the name of his girl.

I wa
Jun 16, 2009 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-romance
I’m struggling with why I can’t give this book a complete “thumbs up.” I like the plot, dialog, and the methods used to tell the story.

Maybe it’s because I can’t figure out what this story is. It’s billed as “urban fiction” but does not quite fit that as most of the story takes place inside a boot camp format prison. In a sense it’s also a romance, but one that’s told entirely from a male viewpoint. The titles “Jennifer” or “Obsession” would have worked well as it’s about one guy’s obsession wit
Jun 14, 2014 Christon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and think it is a great read for young adults. The book contains many different aspects of life in general and lessons to be learned. Dio was a troubled young man with a terrible upbringing. His story shows just how much one's upbringing can affect their life choices. I loved that Dio was able to actually learn and change during his time in boot camp. I hate what happened between him and Jennifer while he was there. I didn't have too much faith in Jennifer as a person. I unde ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jun 03, 2014 Jessica Bronder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dio Rodriguez is part of a Latino gang. The gang is basically his family until he meets Jennifer. But then a drive by happens and Jennifer takes six bullets that were meant for Dio. Dio goes to prison where he learns that Jennifer is pregnant. He realizes how important Jennifer is to him and decides to step up and be the person that Jennifer needs.

I had mixed feelings going into this story. I personally don’t have any love for gangs. So when I started reading the story I was frustrated and irrit
Mar 08, 2013 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After I completed "Forever My Lady", I went to post a review, glancing at the other reviews of the same book. I was astonished at the vast majority of 5 star reviews, and nearly as many 4 star reviews. I found this book extremely irritating. The story itself, when stripped to the bare bones, isn't terrible. Unfortunately, it is told in such a repetitive way it was difficult not to put it down. Dio is consistently thick-headed,
Nancy Silk
Mar 08, 2013 Nancy Silk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"An Interesting Story"

Dio Rodriquez is 18 years old, a street-smart kid raised in the slum area of northeast Las Vegas. He enjoyed hanging with the gang, the kids he grew up with, smoking and doing other things these rough kids did. But the best thing he loved most of all was his relationship with Jennifer. He loved her very much, but that love did not prevent him from getting into trouble, nor changing his lifestyle. He faced much harassment, racial discrimination, and his broken family. His ac
Dio, a young Mexican man is in a youth reform camp in Forever My Lady as he slowly begins to realize that he has the power within himself to change his life and he dreams of a life with his girlfriend, Jennifer. The book tells of the frustrations of young men that come from homes that are far from ideal. His father died when he was young and his mother drank and became abusive toward him. The gang offered acceptance and a second home like it does for so many young men that grow up in this type o ...more
Michelle Bahamou-santiago
My Rating: 4.0 to 4.5 Stars.

This was such a good story. The main characters are very young and come from a street subculture that most people aren't familiar with. Honestly, that's one of the aspects that makes it so endearing and interesting to me.

Dio and Jennifer meet in junior high (don't panic! The story takes place years later when they're adults) and come from abusive families. Their friendship and romance builds throughout their childhood and young adulthood from those shared experiences
Oct 13, 2010 Sofia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is becoming better as i read it, i usually dont want to stop reading it once i start. The thing i most like about it is it is a real life situation, many poeple go through what Dio is going throug. The story of long disatance love, and a sore heart. This book brings up many other conflicts that children now at days go through such as, drugs, racism, violence, love, broken hearts, prison, and gangs. All of the problems Dio (the main charactor) has, makes for a good, interesting chapter. ...more
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
I thought that this was a descent love story but could use some work on the storyline.
First, the beginning of the book is actually the end of the book. I would rather have had all the back story first then the ending. But instead we got the ending twice.
And I loved the love letters between Dio and Jennifer while he was in boot camp, but I didn't understand half of them because they were in Spanish. Not that its a bad thing, but for someone who doesn't understand the language you kinda loose the
Kiss of a sniper

Thank you Jeff Rivera for treating Dio and Jennifer's emotions with the seriousness they deserved.
A teenage love affair can be so intense it can destroy your young life or give you strength to change everything...and move on.

Please let there be a sequel, there just have to be one after the ending was just a little quick, like not told to the end. We know that Dio by the end is a strong personality, as he learns to forgive.

Teenagers should read this book.
Jo Notary
Feb 10, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
202p Dio Rodriguez grew up on the streets and knew all too well the hard, cool feeling of the barrel of a gun tucked down the back of his jeans. But his hard exterior softened when he met Jennifer. Jennifer understands Dio like no one else and makes him want to be a better man. Suddenly a drive-by shooting lands Dio in a prison boot camp and sends Jennifer to the hospital. When Dio learns that Jennifer is pregnant, he realizes that he must find a way to turn his life around and return to his lad ...more
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Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American
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